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Everyone is required to stay home, except for essential needs. When out, protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Learn more at cityofberkeley.info/covid19. City offices are closed to the public. Some services are available remotely.

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

City Council Live Stream: Please visit https://www.cityofberkeley.info/CalendarEventWebcastMain.aspx

ZAB Live Stream: Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx.

The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

PG&E is reporting a widespread outage affecting thousands of customers in Berkeley and many City buildings, including the Finance Customer Service Center and the Permit Service Center. Call respective City services for further details, or check the PG&E outage page. Power is expected to return by 12:45pm. Traffic lights that are not working should be treated as a four-way stop sign.

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Get tested for COVID-19

Free COVID-19 testing is available to everyone. If you're concerned you've been exposed, get tested.

Where to get tested

Testing through your health care provider

If you have a health care provider, call them first. Most providers are able to provide tests quickly to anyone with symptoms.

Pop-up testing kiosk on San Pablo

We are piloting a walk-up COVID-19 testing kiosk the week of August 8-14, 2020. Tests are self-administered - you will swab your own mouth under supervision from an attendant. 

The kiosk is located in the Berkeley Adult School parking lot at 1701 San Pablo. Hours are:

  • Saturday-Sunday: 10am-6pm
  • Monday-Friday: 9am-6pm

Appointments are required. Sign up online.

State of California (Optum) test site in Berkeley

Anyone can get tested for free at the State of California's testing site in in south Berkeley, regardless of whether you have symptoms.

Tests are by appointment only. You can schedule an test online or by phone.

When registering online, you'll need to complete a brief questionnaire and create an account. After you've completed your registration, you will receive a patient ID number. You will need this number to log in and schedule your test.

After logging in, you can make an appointment in Berkeley or at any other State testing facility. The test site is located at:

MLK, Jr. Youth Services Center
1730 Oregon St.
Berkeley, CA 94703

This testing site will be temporarily relocated in August 2020. For appointments from August 17-28, testing will be at:

Frances Albrier Community Center
2800 Park St.
Berkeley, CA 94702

Wear a face covering when you visit the test site.

City of Berkeley test site

Free walk-thru and drive-thru testing through the City of Berkeley's test site in west Berkeley is available to anyone 2 years or older who lives or works in Berkeley:

You do not need medical insurance to get tested and will not be charged for the test.

Schedule your testing appointment online.

A screening and appointment line is also available Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm, with limited staffing: (510) 981-5380. A Berkeley Public Health nurse will screen you and arrange an appointment.

CVS pharmacies

CVS is offering no-cost, drive-through COVID-19 testing for people over 18 years old. Find a location and schedule a test on the CVS website.

More testing options

Use these resources to find additional testing locations convenient to you:

Group testing for businesses and community organizations

We may be able to arrange group testing time blocks for merchants or community organizations who want to get their employees tested. If interested:

Please include the approximate number of employees to be tested in your message.

After your test

Due to the increasing volume of tests being conducted, many providers are experiencing delays in returning test results.

If you get tested at the Optum (State of California) or City of Berkeley testing sites, expect results within 6-8 days.

If you live in Berkeley and test positive, Berkeley Public Health will contact you with information on self-isolating and to begin the process of investigation and contact tracing. If you live outside of Berkeley, your local public health jurisdiction will provide this information - regardless of where you completed your test.

Types of COVID-19 testing

There are two types of COVID-19 tests: viral and anitbody.

  • Viral tests tell you if you are currently infected.
  • Antibody tests may identify whether you've been infected previously. Science regarding interpretation and validation of antibody testing is still in flux.

The CDC website explains more about the different types of COVID-19 tests, and offers guidance for those seeking either type of testing.

Graphics & flyers

We want everyone to know about their testing options. Help promote getting tested by downloading and sharing these flyers.

Last updated August 7, 2020


Questions? Contact covid19@cityofberkeley.info.

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